Penny Sparrow now facing criminal charges

The real estate agent appeared in the Scottburgh Magistrates Court today on a charge of crimen injuria.

Penny Sparrow. Picture: Facebook.

CAPE TOWN - A former KwaZulu-Natal real estate agent, who was fined R150,000 for comparing black people to monkeys, is now facing criminal charges.

Penny Sparrow appeared in the Scottburgh Magistrates Court on a charge of crimen injuria today.

Her case was postponed to mid-August.

Last month, the Equality Court found her guilty of hate speech in a case brought against her by the African National Congress (ANC).

The Equality Court had also referred the matter to the National Prosecuting Authority to pursue a criminal case.

The ANC's attorney Peter Williams says crimen injuria is a common law offence.

"Basically, if you insult or hurt the dignity of individuals and meet a certain criteria (sic) then the person can lodge a complaint. In this case, other than the ANC, there were also individuals who lodged criminal complaints."

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